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Swimming South Africa (SSA) confirmed yesterday it had lifted its sanctions against former 50m backstroke world champion Gerhard Zandberg, though his legal team said he had not yet agreed to drop his appeal.
The national federation said it had opted to end the legal bout.
“SSA will rather allocate the funds, which are needed to litigate further in this matter, towards its athletes and furthering the sport as a whole,” the swimming body said in a statement.
“Consequently and notwithstanding the actions by Mr Gerhard Zandberg, SSA has withdrawn its findings and sanctions against Mr Zandberg.”
However, Zandberg’s lawyer Karen van Eck said they were still in discussions.
“They have made an offer, which we received this morning,” Van Eck said yesterday.
“But I have not had a chance to discuss it with my client, so I don’t have instructions from him yet.
“It’s very premature for them to be issuing a statement.”